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Kálf Kátr 21VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 21’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 945.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa
202122

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Drottinn sæll rieð dregla þellu
dæmistóls með táknum sæma;
fæddiz henni ei fyrr nie síðar
fróðari mær nema drottins móðir.
Stendr og sitr til hægri handar
heilög Máría aldar deili;
mildingr skipar nú mána foldar
mæstr Kátrínu henni hið næsta.

{Sæll drottinn dæmistóls} rieð sæma {þellu dregla} með táknum; ei fyrr nie síðar fæddiz fróðari mær henni nema {móðir drottins}. Heilög Máría stendr og sitr til hægri handar {deili aldar}; {mæstr mildingr {foldar mána}} skipar nú Kátrínu hið næsta henni.
 
‘The blessed Lord of the judgement seat [= God] decided to honour the young pine of ribbons [WOMAN] with miracles; neither before nor since has a more knowledgeable maiden than she been born, except the Lord’s mother [= Mary]. Holy Mary stands and sits at the right hand of the ruler of people [= God]; the greatest prince of the land of the moon [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] now places Catherine next to her.

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 11]. Katrínar drápa 21: AII, 520-1, BII, 574, Skald II, 316, Kahle 1898, 71, 107, Sperber 1911, 47-8, 81.

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